Om Little Masterpieces
A collection of short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," is Hawthorne's earliest treatment of the elixir of immortality theme. "The Birthmark" represents the rivalry between scientific passion and human affection. The perfection of the workmanship, render "The Birthmark" worthy of its high place among modern short stories. "Ethan Brand" dates obviously from the sojourn at North Adams, Massachusetts. It is one of Hawthorne's most powerful pieces of writing. The motive of the humorous character sketch entitled "Wakefield" is the danger of stepping aside from one's allotted place. "Drowne's Wooden Image" is a charming version of the artistic miracles made possible by love. "The Ambitious Guest," is told with singular delicacy and imaginativeness, while "The Great Stone Face, " is a parable. Hawthorne's numerous tales are represented by one of the briefest, "The Gray Champion," whose succinct opening and eloquent close are no less admirable than the stern passion of its dramatic climax.